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Here are all the laws MPs are voting on this week, explained in plain English! watch

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    In the interest of promoting political transparency, I do a weekly roundup explaining all the bills Parliament is set to vote on. And I thought I'd share them with you!

    (I also send them round as an email newsletter called Clear the Lobby which you can sign up to, but mods: please delete that link and accept my apologies if it violates any rules).

    MPs are back from recess this week. Here's what they're debating:

    Monday 19 February

    No votes scheduled.

    Tuesday 20 February

    Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill [Lords] - 2nd reading
    Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland
    Allows the government to impose sanctions after Brexit (against countries like North Korea and groups like ISIS), and keep its anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing efforts up to date. The bill started its journey in the House of Lords, so it's further along the legislative process than if it started in the Commons.

    Wednesday 21 February

    Finance (No. 2) Bill - report stage and 3rd reading
    Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland
    This is the government's flagship fiscal legislation for the year. It states what tax rates will and implements announcements made in the Autumn Budget, such as abolishing stamp duty for most first-time buyers and hiking one-off taxes on diesel cars that don't meet the latest emissions standards.

    Thursday 22 February

    No votes scheduled.

    Friday 23 February

    It's private members' bill day! These are laws being touted by backbench MPs. Most of these probably won't get debated in the time allotted, though.

    Organ Donation (Deemed Consent) Bill - 2nd reading
    Applies to: England
    Changes the organ donor register from opt-in to opt-out, so everyone is a donor by default. Already in place in Wales, and being introduced in Scotland.

    Overseas Electors Bill - 2nd reading
    Currently, British citizens living abroad can only vote in elections for 15 years from the point when they were last registered to vote in the UK. This law abolishes that time limit and allows any overseas citizen to vote, provided they were once resident in the UK or registered to vote here.

    Legalisation of Cannabis (Medicinal Purposes) Bill - 2nd reading
    Legalises the production, supply, possession and use of cannabis and cannabis resin for medicinal purposes.

    Child Maintenance (Assessment of Parent's Income) Bill - 2nd reading
    Standardises the child maintenance payments process so it's the same for both self-employed and employed parents. Prevents separated parents from claiming self-employed status to hide their income and avoid paying child maintenance.

    Registration of Marriage (No. 2) Bill - 2nd reading
    Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland Introduces an electronic system for marriage registrations and allows details of the spouses' mothers to be included. Note: the bill itself doesn't make these changes. Instead, it allows the government to do it by introducing new regulations.

    Service Animals (Offences) Bill - 2nd reading
    Makes it illegal to attack service animals like police dogs and horses, and makes certain offences more serious in the eyes of the law when they're committed against these animals.

    Sanctions (Human Rights Abuse and Corruption) Bill - 2nd reading
    Allows the government to refuse entry to, or impose sanctions on, non-UK or non-EEA nationals involved in gross human rights abuses or certain acts of corruption.

    Short and Holiday-Let Accommodation (Notification of Local Authorities) Bill - 2nd reading
    Requires people to notify local authorities if they're planning to register accommodation for short-term or holiday rental, e.g. listing it on Airbnb.

    Tyres (Buses and Coaches) Bill - 2nd reading
    Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland
    Introduces limits on the age of tyre and bus coaches.

    Voter Registration (No. 2) Bill - 2nd reading
    Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland
    Bans people from being registered to vote in parliamentary elections at more than one address.

    Clean Air Bill - 2nd reading
    Requires the government to set and enforce air quality targets, and reduce air pollution using clean air zones (among other methods). Also introduces new laws about vehicle emission testing and restricts the sale of vehicles with certain engine types.

    Terms of Withdrawal from EU (Referendum) Bill - 2nd reading
    Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland
    Requires the government to put the final Brexit deal to a binding referendum, with the alternative being to remain in the EU.

    Kew Gardens (Leases) (No.2) Bill - 2nd reading
    Extends the length of time Kew Gardens is allowed to lease land for to 150 years, from 31 years currently. This could include residential or commercial use. The aim is to help Kew increase its self-generated income.

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